Track Review – Minimix 2

Track: Minimix 2 (Download)

Author: Swensen (TMU Exchange)

Type: Race

Environment: Stadium

Length: 30 sec (author time: 0:32.53)

Mood: Night

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First Impression

Personally, I’ve always been a fan of shorter, more realistic tracks (if “realistic” is even possible in the TrackMania series). Minimix 2 is a perfect track for this! While it does include some “unnatural” sections, such as jumping through a hole in the road (which I’ve discovered to be quite popular these days), it still gives a more realistic impression than most other tracks out there.

Track Consistency

Minimix 2 is made of partly asphalt and partly dirt sections. While the track is very short there isn’t much room for obstacles, but especially the dirt sections include some more tricky parts. However, these parts are still quite easy for more skilled drivers, and won’t give much of a challenge for the experts.

For it’s length, Minimix has quite an average amount of jumps and bumps. These are well placed and can be smoothly driven through if the right speed is achieved, while they can be quite devastating if you drive too slow. They add a lot to the driving experience of the track, since they require good driving skills to be tackled correctly, yet not giving players with less experience to hard a time to get passed the obstacles at all. Rating: 3.5

Scenery

The scenery in Minimix 2 is quite simple, yet very effective (probably mainly because of the excellent detail in the TMU scenery). There hasn’t been much added, but enough to make the track interesting. Poles and buildings add to the asphalt sections, while the dirt parts are decorated with hills, trees and other minor details that together make the track nice to look at. Rating: 4

Originality

Minimix 2 combines the simpleness of Nadeo tracks and the more odd yet effective and popular building styles of the most famous authors around the globe. However, the track doesn’t add anything new and might be considered too “boring” for some people. Rating: 2.5

MediaTracker

Minimix 2 has a very good intro. It’s visually well made and includes a bit of general information (such as author time) as well as a slight touch of humor.

Sadly, no in-game MT or outro has been added, which brings down the ratings a great deal. Rating: 2

Summary

Overall a quite simple and short track, but with those details that make the track fun to drive.

Final Rating: 3.5 (average)

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Notes:

– Ratings range from 1 (bad) to 5 (excellent).

– If you are interested in writing track reviews for TMUnited.wordpress.com, you may apply by dropping an e-mail to Jozii@pp.inet.fi.

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3 Responses to Track Review – Minimix 2

  1. swensen says:

    Nice.. quite to the point feedback 🙂

    Thanks for taking time to reviewing the track..
    my concept is Short track (used to be 15-35 sec, now ~30 sec)
    Its suppused to be great fun online, with “enough” obstacles to divide the good from the real good drivers..
    and the driving experience is supposed to never be felt tacky.

    Best regards
    Swensen

    Thanks again

  2. Jozii says:

    Glad you like it 😀 And now that you mention it, I should have included an “Online” section, with a few words on how the track could function online. I really didn’t think of that, and I think it could have raised the final rating a bit 😀 Cause it is a good track wxcellent for online play!

  3. swensen says:

    Good idea 🙂

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